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Election events

U-M prof to give taxing talk Oct. 28

Tax expert Joel Slemrod will discuss the tax plans of President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry in a public talk entitled "Taxing Ourselves: Tax Policy Proposals of Bush and Kerry" at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Room D1270 of Davidson Hall.

Slemrod is the Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and director of the school's Office of Tax Policy Research.

He was senior staff economist for tax policy at the President's Council of Economic Advisers in 1984-85; has testified before Congress on domestic and international tax issues; and served as editor of the National Tax Journal.

A third edition of Slemrod's book "Taxing Ourselves: A Citizen's Guide to the Debate over Taxes" was released recently.

Slemrod's talk is sponsored by the Ross Business School's Kresge Library.

Kerry, Bush reps stump health plans Oct. 29

With health care on the short list of hot topics for this year's presidential election, many voters want to know exactly what the candidates propose to do about Medicare, the uninsured, prescription drugs and rising health care costs if they are elected.

On Oct. 29, just days before the election, representatives from the campaigns of George W. Bush and John Kerry will present their candidates' health plans at an event hosted by the U-M Health System. A panel of experts representing health care, large and small employers, government, and the insurance industry will examine the plans and their implications and costs.

The free event will run noon-2 p.m. in the Ford Amphitheater on the second floor of University Hospital, and will offer voters a chance to ask questions of the candidates' representatives.

It is the latest in a series of health care discussions presented by the Forum on Health Policy, and it is co-sponsored by the Medical School's Department of Internal Medicine and Program in Society & Medicine, and the School of Public Health's Health Policy Students Association.

The discussion panel, which will be moderated by Dr. Jack Billi, associate vice president for medical affairs.

For information, call (734) 996-4545 or e-mail

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